Why Black Religion Matters

A deep dive into the transformative and revolutionary aspects of Black religion.

Black August: Why Black Religion Matters

In honor of “Black August,” CLBSJ is embarking on a deep dive into the transformative and revolutionary aspects of Black religion. We will convene each Tuesday during August at at 4:30 Pacific Time / 7:30 Eastern Time via Zoom to explore the theme: “Why Black Religion Matters: remembering and centering Black/Africana contributions to our scriptural traditions.” This series is co-sponsored by the Community of Living Traditions.

“Black August” is a pan-African and internationalist tradition that recognizes the month of August as a living testament of the depth of commitment to transformation and liberation within Black communities around the world. From the beginning of the Haitian Revolution to the Nat Turner Rebellion; from the Fugitive Slave Law Convention and the foundation of the Underground Railroad to the March on Washington; from the uprising in Watts (1965) to the Uprising in Ferguson (2014); from the births of Marcus Garvey, Russell Maroon Shoatz, and Fred Hampton to the deaths of Emmett Till, W.E.B du Bois and Michael Brown — August bursts at the seams with histories of Black resistance. Because of this, organizers have claimed it as a month to deepen understanding of and commitment to the practices that lead us to liberation. CLBSJ is honored to unite with this tradition.

The speaker lineup for this event is under development. Please check this page for additional schedule details as they emerge.